Plumbing emergencies are commonplace, and everyone has to face them today or tomorrow. You can protect your home from plumbing problems if you know how to handle such emergencies until the specialist arrives. Residential plumbing services protect your home against damages caused by water leaks.

Never attempt to do the repairing job by yourself you face a major issue, and your home is being damaged by water. Calling a professional immediately minimizes the cost and the harm. It is vital to take preventive steps if your home has a couple of inches of water on its floor, soggy drywall that has fallen to the floor, or a leak in the ceiling.

What to Do in a Plumbing Emergency

Minimize the damage to your home by keeping your cool instead of panicking during plumbing emergencies. You can handle plumbing emergencies through the steps mentioned below, but call a plumber emergency team, available 24×7, for the job. Remember to store their number in your contact’s list.

Useful plumbing emergency tips:

Shut off the water: During plumbing emergencies such as flooding, turn off the water supply from the mains. Turn the valve clockwise to shut off the mains.

Check your water heater: In a major emergency, switch off your water heater to prevent it against damages. Do this after shutting down the main valve to prevent heat from welling up inside the heater as this can lead to bursting of the same. Turn off the gas in case you have a gas water heater.

Tackle small leaks: Stop small and identifiable leaks as best as you can. You can do this with the help of plumber’s tape. Placing buckets below dripping leaks and stuff towels and rags around pipes to block the leak, minimizing the chances of further damage. Note down the locations where the leaks are taking place and show them to the plumber. This ensures that he can complete the job faster.

Open drains and spigots: Water will remain in your pipes even after shutting off the mains. Turn on any spigots outside your home to move this water away from your home and other potential damage prone areas. Squirt the garden hose a couple of times to clear out water accumulated in its pipe. Try to open the drain gently with a plunger if you are experiencing a small backup or clog. Never use chemical cleaners during an emergency as they might cause more harm before the plumber arrives.

Call and listen: Call a plumber immediately to minimize as much damage as possible. This ensures that you get tips about preventing the problem from spreading further. The professionals answering your call will also notify you if the situation is too dangerous. When a government official or a plumber tells you to leave your home during an emergency, do so, as it can save your life.

These tips provide you with the mindset required to handle an emergency and can save your home too. The ideal way to take care of any plumbing problem successfully is being prepared.

Plumbing Emergency Examples

Having a knowledge of what plumbing emergencies look like enlightens you of what to do in a plumbing emergency. When you face a plumbing problem, which you know you cannot handle, or when you find water damage from an undefined source calls the plumber immediately.

Remember, the severity of your specific situation can vary a lot regarding examples of plumbing emergencies. Find below a few of the commonest mishaps and accidents that necessities are contacting a plumber.

Extremely Hot Water: Everyone loves a warm shower, but nobody wants exposure to scalding water coming from the shower. You have a water heater issue if the water coming out from your sink or shower head is scalding hot. This generally means that your water heater has over-heated. Switch off your water heater immediately. Drain out the hot water from the heater by turning on all hot water taps in your home. Call a technician to locate the problem… most likely it’s a faulty thermostat.

Faucet Drips: Leaking faucets are annoying, but you cannot classify them as an emergency. Prevent the drip from turning into a full-blown leak by shutting off its valve with a wrench. For small leaks try to shut off the water with your bare hands, as wrenches can stick valves in an open condition or even break them.

Turn off the water supply from the mains if you cannot turn off the valve of the faucet by hand. After switching off the water, evaluate the faucet. You might attempt repairing the faucet if you have in-depth knowledge about it. If not, call the plumber straightaway.

Frozen Pipes: frozen pipes are common in cold weather. Every winter countless homeowners call plumbers to deal with cold weather damage. We deal with frozen pipes quite a lot.

Examine the frozen pipe carefully, inside or outside your home, carefully. Check for locations where the pipe has split or any spots in the fittings, which have been pushed apart and broken. If you notice any damage, call the plumber immediately.

In case you find no damage, use a hair dryer to thaw the entire pipe, instead of focusing on a single area. Never use the hair dryer if you are near a pool. Never use a flame burner as it is risky and can pose a risk to you as well as damage the pipe and cause a major leak.

To avoid frozen pipes:

  • Wrap the pipes to insulate them
  • Disconnect attachments like garden hoses
  • Allow warm air to reach the pipes in your home by opening cabinets
  • Maintain a higher temperature in your home

Leaking Pipes

Unfortunately, there is little you can do with a leaking pipe. Turn off the mains immediately and contact us. You need professional help to repair or replace broken and leaking pipes and also to examine the rest of your plumbing for any other damages.

Online do it yourself remedies can cause significant damage to your home and plumbing. Instead, address the leak by turning off your water supply. Pouring harsh chemicals and other solutions down your drains can intensify the problem.

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